Between Noun or Verb
“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4)
The Greek word “thelei” translated as “will” in the KJV translation above is a “verb” (action word).
A comparison between Noun & Verb may be as follows:
‘God’s Will’ (Noun – “His Will” is stated)
‘God Will have’ (Verb – “His Will” in ‘Action’)
In the verse above, it’s the second case & thus translations in English which render phrases such as ‘it’s God’s desire or want’ are less accurate, misleading & seem to point to the common fallacious argument, falsely claiming that ‘His Will’ is ‘stated only’ which is clearly “not” the case.
The correct “Verb” translated (God Will have) is surely to come to pass beyond this life itself. God doesn’t fail nor lie & “Will Save all men” as well as cause them all ‘to come to the knowledge of the truth’ as it is written. We need not despair nor doubt His Holy Word, but just believe.
*No ambiguity on the phrase “all men” here due to context because it can be seen correlating with the verse below which occurs in this same letter where both the phrase “all men” & “those that believe” (believers only) are contrasted meaning both are not the same & the latter is the subset of the former.
“For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10)
Indeed, God is Good:
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 12:32)
Even if (just for argument’s sake) the phrase discussed above was “God’s Will” (the Noun) instead of the verb, it still doesn’t nullify the Biblical fact that ‘God Will do all His Will’:
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” (Isaiah 46:10)
“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
The only way “His Will” may ‘not’ happen is if another Bible verse exists later describing that ‘God repented or changed His mind about it’. Guess what? NO such verse exists in Scripture which states that this particular “Will of God” has been ‘changed by Him’. Opinions of men claiming otherwise must be avoided for us to obey God, honor Him & believe His Holy Word to please Him by faith without doubting.
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